Educational Resources

Man masters nature not by force, but by understanding.

— Bronkowski
Recreate Responsibly!

While getting “out there” and getting your hands dirty, make sure to do your part to recreate responsibly. Take a minute to visit our FIND forest friends and learn how!

Read the story of Smokey Bear and how he became a national icon, and learn a few facts about his life as a bear!

Looking for things to do with your kids or class about Smokey? Check out these Elementary School  resources, which are chock full of activity guides, videos, coloring sheets and a full educator’s guide.

For the older kids, check out these Middle School resources that focus on wildfire learning materials, proper campfire etiquette, activities and more.

Campfire Safety

Learn the proper way to build, maintain and extinguish a campfire while on the trail or in a campground.  

Use this list of campfire rules as a guideline every time you’re on the trail or preparing a nice, hot fire for s’mores or hotdogs!  

Thinking about starting a bonfire in the back yard or burning some branches and leaves?  Check out this step-by-step guide on backyard burning to keep your house, your neighborhood, and yourself safe. 

Help Smokey prevent future wildfires by stopping the fire before it even starts.

For the Classroom

Want to get your family or classroom outside and back into nature but not sure where to begin? 

Natural Inquirer

The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal created to allow scientists the opportunity to share their research with students around the country.

Each article explains the current scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service which may include information on trees, wildlife, insects, outdoor activities, water and anything pertaining to the health of our planet.

Mission Mondays with the “Agents of Discovery” App

FIND Outdoors is partnering with Wonders of Wildlife and the Agents of Discovery App to bring you Mission Mondays


Citizen Science Saturdays


Below are several activities students can take outside and enjoy on a Saturday — or any day! Each PDF download includes an educational guide with information, activities, and citizen science projects to help you FIND outdoors.


Project Squirrel
World Migratory Bird Day
The Water Cycle

Outdoor Science Skills

Observation Skills
Recording Skills
Sharing Skills

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Join Woodsy Owl and friends for some outdoor adventure for young ones with forest themed stories, activities, and crafts specifically designed for children ages 4-7.

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family time

Are you looking to spend quality time with your family while learning something new? 

We’re committed to providing visitors with environmental education and recreational opportunities for children, adults and everyone in between. Programs take place within FIND Outdoors campgrounds and visitor centers each summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fees may be associated (campground registration or day use fees).

Enjoy guided hikes, crafts, wildlife identification, local history and much more, taught on-site by Education Specialists at the following sites:







All animals need shelters, even us! FIND Outdoors is challenging children of all ages to build a shelter of their very own in The Great Shelter Construction Challenge. This virtual activity will educate children on the importance of shelters and the variety of shelter types that can be found in the natural world. The goal is to use your knowledge of shelters to construct a shelter that resembles one an animal might live in. Put on your builders hat and join FIND Outdoors for The Great Shelter Construction Challenge!

Discover The Forest!

discover the forest

Take a look at how important the forest is, find the closest forest to where you live and do your part to help conserve our public lands!  With the Agents of Discovery mobile game, your child can put their phone or iPad to good use as they move, solve puzzles and discover their local forests and parks. Not sure how to pack for a day in the woods? Find out what supplies you’ll need for your adventure, learn about Leave No Trace ethics and read a list of Dos and Don’ts while exploring your local forests.

Story Time

During this time of quarantine and social distancing, you can watch story time with Stephanie, the Cradle of Forestry education manager. 

More stories…

PITTER AND PATTER by Martha Sullivan (Read by permission from Sourcebooks)
THE SALAMANDER ROOM by Anne Mazer (Read with permission of Penguin Random House Publishers)
JO MACDONALD HIKED IN THE WOODS by Mary Quattlebaum (Read with permission from Sourcebooks)
FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS by Tish Rabe (Read with permission of Penguin Random House Publishers)
I CAN NAME 50 TREES TODAY! by Bonnie Worth (Read with permission of Penguin Random House Publishers)
MILES AND MILES OF REPTILES by Tish Rabe (Read with permission of Penguin Random House Publishers)
NOISY FROG SING-ALONG by John Himmelman (Read by permission from Sourcebooks)

Find Outdoors Tours

FIND Outdoors Tours can introduce you to the unique natural and cultural wonders of Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway through tours, hikes, nature-based programming, and educational and outdoor opportunities.

FIND Explorers Club

FIND Explorers Club offers a free, hands-on approach to environmental studies for underrepresented populations in Western North Carolina.  Activities are designed to inspire strategies for protecting our natural world and generate positive attitudes toward the outdoors.

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